Sapphire 780G Motherboard and Hybrid CrossFire

Posted on May 9, 2008
Author: Sean Potter
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Windows Benchmarks, Continued

Unreal Tournament 2004

Unreal Tournament 2004 (UT2004) is one of the few commercial games with a native Linux port, making it ideal for benchmarking purposes. My testing in Windows involves all the graphical goodies turned to the maximum and a resolution of 1280x1024. As with our other reviews utilizing UT2004 as a benchmark, I used to following command-line options to benchmark: ut2004 dm-rankin?spectatoronly=1?numbots=12?quickstart=1?attractcam=1 -benchmark -seconds=77 -ini=default.ini

As I expected, GeForce 6150 falls short of matching the PI-AM2RS780G's graphical power. The HD2400 is several generations newer than the GeForce 6150, and the integrated GeForce 6150 was much weaker than it's discrete counter-part.

3dMark06

Futuremark has yet to release a 64-bit edition of any gaming benchmarks, so I was expecting to see low numbers using this setup in a 64-bit environment. Unfortunately, neither the GeForce 6150 or 780G motherboards were able to run 3dMark Vantage, so I've settled for only showing results for 3dMark06. 3dMark06 was run with default settings with all tests selected.

Hybrid CrossFire definitely came through here, beating the HD3450 on its own by 800 points. The GeForce 6150 came in at a mere 832 points, falling well behind the 780G's score. For multimedia or older gaming use, the PI-AM2RS780G's integrated graphics seem to hold their own. 3dMark shows Hybrid CrossFire as a 43% improvement over the HD3450, and a whopping 80% improvement over the 780G's onboard graphics. This is impressive.

Unreal Tournament 3

Epic's latest installment of the Unreal Tournament series is based on the Unreal 3 engine, the same engine that powers games such as Gears of War, BioShock, and Stargate Worlds. When installed under Vista, Unreal Tournament 3 is able to utilize DirectX 10 for improved graphics and lighting. Like any graphical improvement however, there is a hit on performance, as the graphs below will show.

To benchmark Unreal Tournament 3, I opted to benchmark with varied settings to show the performance differed between the level of detail, as well as DirectX 9 versus DirectX 10. To benchmark UT3, I used ut3bench, which allows me to define my graphical settings and features.

While none of the numbers are particularly promising, Hybrid CrossFire makes the game playable at an average of 29.59 FPS. Unfortunately, it only achieves this framerate in DirectX 9 mode, so I was left out in terms of DirectX 10 eye candy.

Conclusion on Windows Benchmarks

The 780G chipset powering Sapphire's PI-AM2RS780G motherboard blows nVidia's GeForce 6150/nForce 430 chipset out of the water in Windows benchmarks. Although the GeForce 6150 is a few generations behind the 780G, it remains one of the popular chipsets for home theater PCs, as well as cheap Linux systems because of it's Linux shupport.

Although the 780G came out the winner in Windows benchmarks, I wanted to guess that the GeForce 6150 would have a slight advantage in Linux judging by our previous reviews of nVidia and ATI products.

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